“To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.”

I saw the sun this morning. The day was lovely for about a half an hour. The sky was so blue it didn’t look real. It looked painted, a combination of blues, maybe even by Van Gogh. I can hear the drops from melting snow so we’re above freezing. If this were January, I’d be happy with melting snow.

The sun has just come out again and I can see blue appearing from among the clouds. I’m hopeful that the sun will decide to stay for a while.

The Sox and the Indians were postponed yesterday because of the weather: no surprise there. The game is today and starts at one. The Sox are now being introduced to boos, of course. Most of the team is wearing the jersey head coverings just in case. The stadium is fairly empty. The announcer is wearing his winter coat.

When I was young, I didn’t care about the weather. It wasn’t as if I could do anything about it. My day to day didn’t change come rain, snow or sun. I walked to school no matter what. I tended to hurry on the rainy days and saunter on sunny days. On winter days my friends and I huddled to walk together, the better to stay warm. I remember it was hard to breathe on the coldest days and sometimes my nose would run. I’d use my sleeves for that problem because no self-respecting kid carried a Kleenex or even worse a handkerchief, besides that’s why sleeves were invented. It grossed out my mother so she’d sneak and tuck a Kleenex into my jacket pocket but it usually stayed there most of the winter. Sleeves were far more convenient.

I always moaned and groaned at the trials and tribulations of being a kid. Life was ordered so I didn’t have a whole lot of choices. What I didn’t realize was I didn’t have a whole lot of responsibilities either. I had to go to school unless I was close to dying. I had homework to do. I had to bathe occasionally. When I got home from school, I had to change from school clothes to play clothes. My vegetables had to be eaten, but my mother generally served the ones I liked so that was no big issue. I had to go to bed early on school nights. Early was contested all the time. My mother and I differed on its definition. I usually lost. That was part of being a kid: losing arguments with parent, but I’d start one anyway. I was always hopeful.

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  1. olof1 Says:

    Not much sunshine here today, I think it showed itself for a few minutes and then it was gone. We did get some fog though and that’s a good substitute 🙂

    No, weather was never really important when we were kids, just wear the right clothes and life would go on like usual 🙂 I lived so close to school so it really didn’t matter what clothes I wore, if it was cold outside we were all allowed to stay indoors during the day.

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      It is still sunny. I am amazed. It is, however, really cold. I’m watching the baseball game, and it is far too cold for baseball. The stars are emptier than anyone would expect but I figure it is nicer to watch own the warmth of your home.

      I had to wear a uniform but my mother did her best in adding to our clothes, even to girl’s pink underwear which came to the knees. I was about 15 or 20 minutes from school.

      Enjoy your evening!

  2. Richard Says:

    Kat, you’d prolly be delighted with the weather we have here today – but it’ll change to rain with lightning tomorrow, so today’s clear blue skies have a limited shelf life. The sky here looks like the surreal blue you describe, but there’s no combination of blues – it’s a ‘blue overlay,’ if you will … and the sun is a hot white spot burning a hole thru the blue despite the chill in the air …

    Reading the sky and understanding what the clouds and other signs meant was something Dad taught us to do as kids. I’m glad he did – there are many people who can’t look at a sky and know its portents. Living only seven or eight blocks from school made it an easy enough walk, but when it was wet or cold, Mom drove us there and picked us up if it was unchanged by the 3pm dismissal bell. Didn’t every kid use sleeves instead of Kleenex?

    Cold days were a two-fer for me — first, they made my nose run, and second, the cold cut the nostrils like a knife when y’ breathed it in. The lungs didn’t get all that excited about it coming to visit them, either. Those Kleenex things? Mom did the same for us – they usually showed up in pieces when those clothes were put in the wash … and they were still unused.

    Every kid moans. Childhood has its Tribulations, y’ know. Responsibilities, as you point out, were things that still lay in a far-off future. Unlike my parents, none of us ever had to worry about the price of bread, milk, or butter … only later.

    On The Grocery Front: The MexiMart had some pretty good prices goin’ on today … picked up a stalk (you know, the whole thing with all the ribs) of celery for just 99¢ – it didn’t have the leaves, so I can’t do what Mom did, namely, cut ’em off and dehydrate ’em in the oven for use later; limes 25¢ each, Mojo Criollo marinade for $1.99/bottle; LaPaz Batchoy Ramen dinners for 47¢ (‘course, y’ hafta add meat to it while it cooks), whole garlic pods 4/$1.00; 2-oz anchovy paste for $1.99, and a green bell pepper for 80¢ … picked up some shallots, too ‘cuz y’ always need shallots – esp. with eggs … there were other things I might go back for, like the 2-lb bags of rice @ 2/$5 … didn’t need it today, tho’ … looks like the Passion Fruit season’s over and it’s still too early for the Cachucha peppers … if y’ ever see those at your market, try ’em out – they’re a bit on the ‘smoky’ side with a mild heat level, and they’re tiny compared to other peppers (but it’s not the ‘HOT!’ kinda tiny – like manzano peppers) … now it’s time to prep all those garlic heads for roastin’ …

    In the Music Aisle, we have on offer two versions of a fine piece from (a) Mr John Barry and (b) Mr John Barry and Mr Roger Williams. Both are the main title from the movie ‘Somewhere In Time.’ Yeah, I know it’s a ‘chick flick,’ but it’s a movie I thoroughly enjoy watching. It offers a sense of hope and possibilities, unlike so much of the dreck that passes for ‘entertainment’ these days … and now, to begin:

    John Barry’s version …

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esrTfwBiOM0&list=PL41C3457D3F1B95DB&index=33

    In reply to Richard.
    Here is the correct link to ‘Somewhere In Time’ …

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esrTfwBiOM0

    I’m not certain why the links are connecting properly, but, it happens.

    • katry Says:

      Richard,
      I didn’t get to the B&W version with that link. I got the theme to Somewhere in Time.

    • katry Says:

      Richard,
      What do you want to leave here. I can remove the ones you don’t want.

    • katry Says:

      Richard,
      The sun isn’t as bright as it was a bit earlier. It is still cold as I could feel it moving into the house when I took off the dog door and washed it. I couldn’t stand how filthy it was.

      You’re right about the cold feeling like a knife when you breathe it in on the coldest days, the single temperature ones. We had only my dad’s car so there was no hope of being picked up. Sometimes when it rained a neighbor would be waiting for her kid and often took us as well.

      I wanted to be older. I just didn’t expect all the responsibilities and the bills. Rent and car payment killed me when I first started working.

      I was going to pick up limes the other day, but I didn’t like the way they felt. Lemons I always get. I don’t think I’ve ever had a Ramen dinner. My markets don’t carry too many varieties of fresh peppers, but they do have dried peppers and a good selection of them. I have company coming Saturday for dinner so I’m going to have to go through and see what I want to cook. I have a few I’ve wanted to try so this will be the chance.

      The sun is still out. I call that a miracle.

    • Richard Says:

      Here is the correct link to ‘Somewhere In Time’ …

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esrTfwBiOM0

      I’m not certain why the links are connecting properly, but, it happens.

      Richard

    • katry Says:

      Richard,
      The sun isn’t as bright as it was a bit earlier. It is still cold as I could feel it moving into the house when I took off the dog door and washed it. I couldn’t stand how filthy it was.

      You’re right about the cold feeling like a knife when you breathe it in on the coldest days, the single temperature ones. We had only my dad’s car so there was no hope of being picked up. Sometimes when it rained a neighbor would be waiting for her kid and often took us as well.

      I wanted to be older. I just didn’t expect all the responsibilities and the bills. Rent and car payment killed me when I first started working.

      I was going to pick up limes the other day, but I didn’t like the way they felt. Lemons I always get. I don’t think I’ve ever had a Ramen dinner. My markets don’t carry too many varieties of fresh peppers, but they do have dried peppers and a good selection of them. I have company coming Saturday for dinner so I’m going to have to go through and see what I want to cook. I have a few I’ve wanted to try so this will be the chance.

      The sun is still out. I call that a miracle.

      PS The Sox won!!

      • Richard Says:

        If the market has dehydrated guajillo (pron. ‘wa-HE-yo’) peppers, they’re pretty good for a flavor boost – and they’re a fairly mild pepper with a low heat level. Just rehydrate ’em and you’re in business.

      • katry Says:

        Thanks, Richard

        I don’t think I’ve ever heard of them, but I’ll give it a look.

  3. Bob Says:

    At least the Red Sox also started the season with a win today. Everyone including Cub fans have hope that they will be celebrating a World Series victory in October. 😀

    Time moves so slowly when you’re a kid you think you will never grow up. Fighting with your mom over bed time, doing chores or homework never seemed to end and didn’t seem to have any relevancy to adult live portrayed on TV. After all our parents never were kids and they came from the stone ages. Now time races forward and there never seems to be enough time to do everything.

    Another wonderful day with bright blue skies and temperatures in the low 80s.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      It was a good game. David was worth all the money they paid. He was definitely an ace with his 10 strikeouts today. Everyone played great. It was fun to watch. The boy guy were really cold as you could see their breath.

      We filled every day we could when we were kids. I was lucky as I didn’t have any chores, and I always did homework without prompting. Bedtime was a problem. I never gave any thought to my mother having been a kid.

      Freezing today and even colder tonight!

  4. Coleen Says:

    Glad the Sox won…lovely day today here, but blustery. And you are SO right about childhood…what the hell were we thinking?

    I hope you have a game today…I must wait til Friday when the Mets have their home opener…

    Waving….

    Coleen

    • katry Says:

      Coleen,
      We didn’t think.That wasn’t part of a kid’s responsibility. I did in school because it was expected but at home I can do whatever I want or don’t want.

      It was a great game though it was freezing. You could See a batter’s breath. I went to a game in Cleveland about three years ago at the same time in April. I spent half the game sitting on the radiator in the lady’s room.

      Waving back then hurrying into the warm house!

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Weather didn’t seem to be a factor in my kid life unless it was one of those sideways blowing winter storms thick with tiny stinging needles of ice. Most every other kind of weather was acceptable as long as I didn’t have to be somewhere looking put together and neat.
    My spring flowers seem to have survived the snow and cold. A cursory check of the property uncovered some peony shoots that were already 6 inches tall. I didn’t expect to see that. The peony next to it is not showing any activity.
    Yesterday was sunny and cold all day. Today started out that way but now it’s clouded up and gotten colder.
    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      We never had a whole lot of choice in facing the elements. I hated being wet in school, but usually it was just my shoes.

      My flowers seemed to have survived as well. The primroses are in the kitchen. I didn’t want to leave them on the steps. I thought it would be too cold.

      It is really cold right now. I was out doing errands earlier and was glad to get home. I’m cozy and warm and waiting for the Sox to start.

      Have a great evening!


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